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February 12, 2020

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Va. Lawmakers to Vote on Major Renewable Energy Bills

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-02-11 14:53:59

The Virginia House and Senate were prepared to vote Tuesday on sweeping energy legislation that would overhaul how Virginia’s utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, take the state from the back of the pack to a national leader in green energy. “This would be a transformative bill in Virginia. A bill that would leap Virginia in to the future and into the top tier of states in terms of climate and energy policy,” House sponsor Del. Rip Sullivan said in a floor speech. [ read more … ]


Wyo. governor pledges to protect, promote fossil fuels

By Mead Gruver, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-02-11 14:51:44

Wyoming has enough savings to take its time and be thoughtful about future spending cuts, particularly for education, amid declining revenue from fossil fuels, Gov. Mark Gordon said yesterday in his second annual State of the State address. Yet Gordon promised not to dither amid what he described as efforts by other states to boost renewable energy sources at the expense of the coal, oil and natural gas industries. [ read more … ]

Florida Republicans have added the words ‘climate change’ to their vocabularies — and to legislation

By Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-02-11 14:52:04

Florida Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Republican, declared it so in September 2019 at a speech designating him the next speaker of the House: “We need to stop being afraid of words like ‘climate change’ and ‘sea level rise.’” And Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has used the term repeatedly since his campaign for the job in 2018, even saying it three times in a news release that announced a new statewide job, chief resilience officer, tasked with preparing Florida for sea level rise. 
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BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-02-11 14:52:21

 Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Tom Carper will unveil legislation today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within 30 years. The so-called Clean Economy Act — which the Delaware Democrat will introduce today — would direct EPA to create a plan to put the nation on a path to net-zero emissions by no later than 2050, and to set interim national greenhouse gas targets for 2025, 2030 and 2040, according to a summary of the legislation shared with Morning Energy.  [ read more … ]


FERC order sows confusion: ‘The devil is in the details’

By Peter Behr and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-02-11 14:51:17

There may be only one point of agreement about the turmoil that has followed a federal ruling in December effectively requiring higher prices for new, state-subsidized renewable energy projects that want to offer future power supplies in the nation’s largest power market. Something has to give. That, at least, was the view of a quartet of experts speaking to members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners at a conference in Washington yesterday. [ read more … ]

FirstEnergy CEO says he’s ready to help Ohio lawmakers deal with FERC’s PJM MOPR ruling

By John Funk, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-02-11 14:52:39

Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp.’s chief executive officer says his company is ready to assist state lawmakers develop a new energy policy to deal, in part, with the impact of the December Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order directing PJM Interconnection to offset state subsidies given to owners of certain generating resources, including renewables and nuclear plants. CEO Charles Jones told financial analysts during the company’s fourth quarter and 2019 earnings call Friday that Ohio’s government is generally unhappy with the results of electric utility deregulation, including PJM’s market system. The PJM auction system is designed to give customers the lowest priced electricity at any given time. [ read more … ]

FERC’s Order 841 ‘essential’ for energy storage to cut emissions, attorneys general argue

By Matthew Bandyk, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-02-11 14:52:56

The attorneys general of California, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Rhode Island are defending some of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s most important decisions regarding energy storage, arguing that the FERC orders in question will produce billions of dollars in health, economic and environmental benefits for their states, according to a recent filing. The attorneys general and the California Air Resources Board filed an amicus brief in support of FERC in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit case brought by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the American Public Power Association and other groups, who allege that FERC’s 2018 Order 841 overstepped the agency’s authority and imposes unfair burdens on state regulators and utilities to have to craft costly methods for energy storage to participate in wholesale electricity markets. [ read more … ]

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